Government Health Care Means Rationed Health Care
Hattip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air for the above video which was produced by the Independence Institute. As Barabara Wagner learned, the Oregon Health Plan would pay for her to kill herself but will not pay for Tarceva to fight her lung cancer. But that’s just Oregon, maybe ObamaCare wouldn’t ration health care?
Dr. Zane F. Pollard, an Ophthalmologist in Atlanta, has an eye opening article here at American Thinker about the medical rationing he has experienced while treating Medicaid patients and the rationing of medical treatment during his service in the US Navy.
“I have taken care of Medicaid patients for 35 years while representing the only pediatric ophthalmology group left in Atlanta, Georgia that accepts Medicaid. For example, in the past 6 months I have cared for three young children on Medicaid who had corneal ulcers. This is a potentially blinding situation because if the cornea perforates from the infection, almost surely blindness will occur. In all three cases the antibiotic needed for the eradication of the infection was not on the approved Medicaid list.
Each time I was told to fax Medicaid for the approval forms, which I did. Within 48 hours the form came back to me which was sent in immediately via fax, and I was told that I would have my answer in 10 days. Of course by then each child would have been blind in the eye.
Each time the request came back denied. All three times I personally provided the antibiotic for each patient which was not on the Medicaid approved list. Get the point — rationing of care.
Over the past 35 years I have cared for over 1000 children born with congenital cataracts. In older children and in adults the vision is rehabilitated with an intraocular lens. In newborns we use contact lenses which are very expensive. It takes Medicaid over one year to approve a contact lens post cataract surgery. By that time a successful anatomical operation is wasted as the child will be close to blind from a lack of focusing for so long a period of time.
Again, extreme rationing. Solution: I have a foundation here in Atlanta supported 100% by private funds which supplies all of these contact lenses for my Medicaid and illegal immigrants children for free. Again, waiting for the government would be disastrous.”
Is there any reason to believe that such rationing would not continue under ObamaCare? Indeed, with a vastly increased pool of patients receiving government medicine, how could such rationing not increase?
Of course all of this is probably academic. With Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius indicating that a public option is not essential for health care reform, and Senator Kent Conrad (D.ND) stating that pushing for a public option is “wasted effort” which would kill passage in the Senate,it looks like ObamaCare has as much chance of becoming reality as Obama has of being a real Messiah. Of course, none of this is a surprise to me. ObamaCare is simply a very bad idea that even the majorities the Democrats enjoy in both houses of Congress cannot salvage.